You ever have a day like that? One of those days where the weather is crappy, the kids are a mess, your hair is jacked up and you seem to have lost all control… Sound familiar.
Yep. That day was today.
Here’s the good news: It was not about me.
Because many teachers I know tend to be secret artists and performers, we tend to take everything a little too personally. The class that would not listen. The student that called us that horrific name that rhymes with “brother trucker.” The other teacher who seems unsympathetic to my plight. The sun that did not come out.
We tend to blame ourselves for all of it.
But you know what? In the field of education, it is really not about you!
Just as you really have little control over a kid who is determined to learn and succeed, you also have little control over the kid who is determined NOT to learn and succeed. It is never about you.
And the really good news? It gets better tomorrow.
I have found that tomorrow is always better than the day before. Today, as my students were tearing apart the class, the class structure and my lesson plan piece by piece, I was able to sit back and realize two things.
- It is not about me.
- Tomorrow will be better.
Here’s to tomorrow my little rapscallions. Here’s to tomorrow.